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In collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Brussels, BOZAR presents the project and book publication Everything Passes Except The Past. The publication is the result of an international 2 year-long artistic-discursive project. It examined how colonial legacies are identified, researched, and addressed by artists, museum experts, scientists, and activists in ethnographic collections, colonial image archives and public space. The publication proposes theoretical, practical and ethical foundations for future museums, discusses the role of colonial films in our collective and national memory and tackles the challenges and perspectives of tearing down or replacing colonial monuments and street names. 

 

The conversation will tackle questions like: How could the process of decolonization be expanded and put to good use by institutions? How do artistic practices face the history of colonial violence, as epitomized in the image collections and displays of ethnographic museums? What can artists, researchers, and activists from the Global South contribute to this difficult process?

 

A conversation between Bianca Baldi, Clémentine Deliss, Jana J. Haeckel, Duane Jethro, Yaa Addae Nantwi and Grace Ndiritu, moderated by Ayoko Mensah.